June 27, 2014

Miss me?

Sorry for the bandwidth silence - life got a little bit hectic

Three days in hospital - surgery and then another week and a half off work to recover.

It was an abscess - it formed incredibly suddenly and doubled in size during my first day at the hospital so emergency surgery was required

I'm doing much better now and looking forward to getting back to the laundry renovations in a week or two (on the last stage now - just need to install a bench and put all the cupboards together [*cough* flatpack *cough*] and I'm done)

February 17, 2014

Slow Pax

... is slow.  And more slow at blogging.

It's not that I don't really have anything to blog about, it's more "do I really want to burden my friends with my dramas?".... the Black Dog of depression has been here to visit me recently

However in less angsty news -

My 3 days a week paying job is going well. I believe I am making a solid contribution to making their digital archive collection both compliant with the Audit (Document) Act; and ensuring that the items can be accessed in to the future. 

My 1 day a week volunteer job at the Museum library is resulting in lost literary treasures being unearthed (last week's 'find' - an 1888 printed book on an Australian Expeditery adventure that seems to be the only original copy left in the world - go me!).  These items have never been included in a catalogue or list of holdings so it is a surprise to the Library staff when I unearth the rarities from the archives

I am continuing with the renovations to my laundry - and by accident - my bathroom (discovered that the window frame in there needed some derusting etc).  Let's *not* talk about how well pavement paint can bond to laundry floor cement....  Grrrrr  [multiple coats of paint stripper seem to be having an effect].  Of course I need a clean floor (slightly scuffed with a sander) before I can lay the new floor tiles... 

Oh and I have committed myself to new window blinds for the apartment - wooden look wide slats in the 'plantation' style old world charm.  Once those are installed (in 6 weeks or so...) then the lounge & kitchen renovations are complete; and it's part the first of the bedroom make over.

I'd still like to win a fortune, find true love, and help with World Peace - but those ones will have to wait for another day to be actioned.

Sorry - Dullus Paxus et Maximus - I'll check in next month and see if there is any more excitement in my life.

February 6, 2014

An ending...

Feeling sad and a bit lost tonight... after 5 years of belonging to the Troop Support group Soldiers Angels, I have resigned my membership.

I find I am no longer comfortable with how it is being managed. I do wish all those Angels still involved the very best - may you continue to show the Troops your love and kindness until they all come home

Hardest thing was writing to my current adoptee to explain just why she will be shortly receiving a "you have been re-assigned" letter... I am sure that she will find a new "official" Angel to care and support her (and if she chooses then she'll have her very own unofficial "Fallen Angel" as well)


And perhaps a new beginning...

It's been suggested by a friend (and fellow Former Angel) that I join a new group that supports the troops directly - no red tape involved - just as much support and joy that I can send.

Let's hope they accept my application - I have a lot of love, care and kindness to give and I can't think of any group more deserving than those that stand in harms way, so that the rest of us can "sleep soundly in our beds"...

Wish me luck!

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

I hope that 2014 proves to be a good year for us all.

And that all of those troops in harms way come home safely.

New Year Resolutions....
I think I shall resolve to be a better person - speak and act as kindly as I can; be there for my friends and fellows as much as I can; and (as my mother does) accept each day as a gift - not to be squandered

December 27, 2013

Dreaming...

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas....

Or perhaps a little less heat down here in Australia

**QUEENSLAND FACES DAYS OF SCORCHING HEAT**
 *Over the next few days maximum temperatures will begin to climb well into the...
40s inland and spread East towards coastal districts by Sunday! Adding extra discomfort high humidity levels along the coast will make it feel even hotter.
*On Sunday Brisbane city is going for a top of 37c, Sunshine Coast 36c, Gold Coast 33c, however head a few kms inland and it gets nasty... Ipswich 41, Gympie 40c , Gatton 41.5c, Darling Downs 40c and Toowoomba 37c, before a cooler change only in the South East on Monday.
*The Western 3/4 of the state are likely to see max temps between 40c and 46c for the next 5 days at least.

 http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au/emq/css/heatwave.asp

December 21, 2013

Santa Boot Camp

Why oh why can I see some of my merrily military friends applying for jobs here? :)


Merry Christmas to all my friends - stay safe!

December 14, 2013

Australian wildlife at play!

December 13, 2013: Several black swans have been filmed frolicking just off shore near the Gold Coast, catching waves in and out several times before darting off